Business Booming at West Hartford's Crown Market

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    Two months after nearly closing down, business is booming at the Crown Market in West Hartford as customers rushed to stock up on last-minute Passover supplies.

    The specialty store, a staple in the local Jewish community, nearly missed helping customers prepare for tonight's Seder.

    The store planned to close in February because of tough times. However, a group of new investors stepped in to keep it open.

    It's the reason Debbie Weissman, of Windsor, placed an order this year.

    "I figured I would promote Crown and use them because I knew they had some issues and problems so I figured I'd like to help them out and it helps me because I don't have to cook," said Weissman.

    Weissman's order for chicken soup, chopped liver, brisket and other items was one of nearly 500 called into the store for Passover.

    "This Passover will be the most joyous Passover," said Mark Seltzer, the store's produce manager.

    Seltzer's grandfather was an original owner of the store. His father also once owned the store. Now, Mark is among the investors who helped keep it open.

    "It's been as busy as I can ever remember and we just hope to continue, that the community will remember us even after the holidays," said Seltzer.

    For now, customers say they're pleased the store is getting back on track.

    "I think everybody is especially happy that this wonderful institution is still here. I could not imagine shopping anywhere else for the holidays but the Crown," said Judy Rosenthal, of Hartford.